If you like history, and all within walking distance as well as shopping, drinking beer and eating, then Bamberg in Germany is an ideal place for a break.
The historic city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is an excellent example of a medieval town. Mix this with a smattering of breweries, boutiques and friendly inhabitants, there isn't a more perfect place for a short break.
What to see in Bamberg
1. Visit the Old Town Hall and Little Venice
The spot for romance, photographic opportunities and even an ice cream. The Altes Rathaus Altes Rathaus Old Town Hall is covered with a giant fresco and is the ideal spot for some photographs. Pull yourself away and look North to Little Venice. Klein Venedig (Klein Venedig is a gathering of picturesque fishermen's houses from the 19th century along one side of the river Regnitz.
2. Michaelsberg Abbey
Sat atop one of the seven hills of Bamberg the panoramic views as well as the architecture and history are worth the wander up. This former Benedictine abbey traces its roots back to 1015. Michaelsberg
From Lederhosen to Dirndls and to German toys and even a year round Christmas shop (Kathe Wohlfarcht) . The Baroque styled buildings and wandering streets will ensure shopping is not a chore.
4. Bamberg Cathedral
Bamberg Cathedral Bamberg Cathedral( Bamberger Dom St. Peter und St. Georg) was founded in 1002 and the present day building dates from 13th Century. See if you can find the questrian statue of the Bamberg Horseman (Der Bamberger Reiter)
5. Of course, visit the breweries
Take a beer tour with a pack from the Tourist Information Office and see if you can visit all of Bamberg's breweries. Famous for their smokey beer (Rauchbier), it is a must try, especially with some sausage.
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